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Good hint, but may not always work
Authored by: Clint MacDonald on Jan 16, '07 08:17:45AM

This is a great tip that *usually* works, but can fail with some common (cough Outlook cough) e-mail clients.

I was aware of this tip (I think I read it on TidBITs many years ago) and used brackets for many years. However, some mail clients (I am looking at YOU, Outlook) seem to ignore the brackets. I had taken to writing the URL twice (once with brackets and once without), but people always questioned why I did *that*, so I gave up.

Microsoft Outlook also ignores "mailto:" links in the form of <mailto:clint@foo.com>, so I had to go to <clint@foo.com> to fix that one.

Grrr... :-)

Best wishes,
Clint



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That's odd...
Authored by: jecwobble on Jan 16, '07 09:03:15AM

I have to use Windows and Outlook at work. I have Outlook set to default to RichText for a mail format. I have been using the angle brackets to create hyperlinks to web URL and network files in Outlook for years. I just doublechecked and the <mailto:someone> worked as expected for me. So it seems strange that if Outlook gets and email from Mail.app enclosing hyperlinks like this, that it would botch thems up.



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That's odd...
Authored by: Clint MacDonald on Jan 16, '07 12:14:34PM

"Microsoft Outlook also ignores "mailto:" links in the form of <mailto:clint@foo.com>"
"I just doublechecked and the <mailto:someone> worked as expected for me."

Maybe it is just an issue on some implementations of Exchange/Outlook, since we have the problem at my institution.

Best wishes,
Clint



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That's odd...
Authored by: osxpounder on Jan 18, '07 11:03:14AM

There may be a setting to disable this, and it may be set disabled by your organization as a security measure. Just speculating here....



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Good hint, but may not always work
Authored by: johnsonua on Jan 16, '07 11:58:16AM

Mail.app is one of the ones that breaks this constantly, putting in an extra space when it breaks a link over a wrap.

I've had this issue on several mailing lists I'm a member of, and Mail breaks the %@$!##@ links as often as not, brackets or no. I know it isn't simpy a client issue, and even if it were, mail should not be inserting unwanted characters in the link.

I ended up just putting a TinyURL js link on my browser's bookmark bar, so I can rapidly make tinyurls that don't break.



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